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Evolution is one most the complete features email client program that available in Linux. It has Contacts, Calendars, Memos and Tasks. You can storing, organizing and retrieving your personal data easily. I’ve used few email clients in Linux and Win*, and I think it’s one of the best.

BACK UP DATA

If you work based on informations, back up data is the most important think that you have to do frequently. Evolution has a very simple steps to do it.

Step 1. Open File > Backup settings

If you’ve opened your Evolution already, go to ‘Open‘ menu and choose ‘Backup settings‘.

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Syntax 8: Allinurl
Search: allinurl: taufanlubis
Command: Search any web documents URL that contain ‘taufanlubis’.

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Google is the most popular search engine for the time being. It’s easy to use, simple display but very powerful if you know how to use it.

I will show few basic syntax that you can use in Google Search.

For your information, there is no different between ‘lower case’ and ‘upper case’. It doesn’t matter you type ‘HACKING’ or ‘hacking’, it will be treated the same by Google.

Syntax 1. Using keywords.
Search: ‘taufan lubis’
Command: Search any documents that have ‘taufan‘ and ‘lubis‘.

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When you download some files from the internet using Firefox, I suggest you to set a directory for all your downloaded files. It will be easier for you to find the files because all downloaded files will be saved in one directory.

If you use Firefox you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Edit > Preferences menu.


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Childsplay is a memory game program. If you want to sharp your memory, I think it’s a good game although it’s designed for kids. The game is very simple. There are few pictures hided behind the frames. Just click any frame then you will see a picture. You have to remember this picture.

Click another picture. If the second picture that you opened is the same with the previous one, then these 2 pictures will be taken out. So, you only have less pictures to open.

If the second picture that you’ve opened is different, you have to open another picture but you have to remember this one also.

Continue the step until you find the same picture.

The idea of this game is how to open the same picture together. For example, if you are now opening a ‘Car’ picture then the next picture must be a ‘Car’ also. If it’s correct, the 2 displayed pictures will be taken out otherwise you have to click the other frames until you find the ‘Car’. Then click back at the frame that which has a ‘Car’ picture before.

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What is proxy?

According to Webster Dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com), proxy came from Middle English proxi. There are few meanings about it,

  • the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another.

  • authority, power to act for another

  • a person authorized to work for another

In computer term, there is no exact description what is proxy. To make it easy to understand, I may say proxy is as an application that acts as a substitute for another applications. At the first time, proxy was designed to create cache files every time we surf on the internet because at the beginning, internet access was not as fast as what we have now. So, if we use cache files, next time we visit the same website, computer doesn’t have to download all the contents again because it’s already saved in the cache files which it will increase the downloading speed.

Now internet connection is getting faster, faster and faster. We still need cache program but not as much as before. Proxy still do its job but it has an additional job, firewall. With proxy, Network Administrator can block Ports, Internet Link and even set bandwidth quota.

We can set Proxy in one computer.

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Kbounce is a clone of the popular Jezzball game originally created by Microsoft. The game is very simple but it needs skill, timing and patience to finish it. You will win if you can fill at minimum 75% of the area with the bricks. You have to do it fast because you only have 90 seconds.


Installation

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install kbounce

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following NEW packages will be installed:

kbounce

0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 174kB of archives.

After unpacking 586kB of additional disk space will be used.

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/main kbounce 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1 [174kB]

Fetched 174kB in 2s (65.6kB/s)

Selecting previously deselected package kbounce.

(Reading database … 157609 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking kbounce (from …/kbounce_4%3a3.5.8-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …

Setting up kbounce (4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1) …

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$


How to play?

  • Open Applications > Games > Kbounce.

  • When you start the game, there are 2 balls that bounce off inside this square area.

  • All you have to do is click the cursor on any parts inside the square to create bricks partition (wall).

  • The bricks can be built horizontal and vertical. The default is horizontal.

  • To switch between Horizontal and Vertical use Right Mouse Button.

  • You have to count to the right time and position before you start to click the area because you only have one chance.

  • First time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, the wall will be disappear starting the hit part.

  • Second time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, you lose.


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